Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Gives to Those in Need Through Food Drives

The upcoming holidays remind us that it’s not what you receive, but rather what you give to those in need that makes the season bright. Students, faculty and staff at Ferris State University are preparing for this year’s holiday season by finding ways to give back on campus and in the community, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. One such campaign includes the Ferris Student Government Holiday Food Drive, which runs through Dec. 3. In its third year, organizers hope to raise 7,500 pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to area food pantries. The campus community raised 6,100 pounds of food for donation during the 2008 campaign. “We want this year’s holiday food drive to be even bigger and better,” said Liz Cottrell, Student Government food drive committee chair and Delta Zeta representative. Donations can be made Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Government Office, Rankin Student Center Room 121. The last day of the drive donations may be made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Artist, Kendall Alumnus Creates Graphic Novels to Help Kids Read

Milt Klingensmith remembers the day he was escorted from his third-grade class to a “special” classroom for kids who were having trouble reading. “I just didn’t get that excited about reading, and it started showing up in my grades,” said Klingensmith, a Press illustrator and designer, who used to get busted for drawing on desks and bringing comic books to school. Today, he’s getting paid to create books for educators full of comic drawings aimed at getting kids to read, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Klingensmith has illustrated three graphic novels for a Canadian publisher, including “Charlie’s Choice,” a graphic novel that hooks young readers with a superhero theme; “The Suspenders,” about a budding singer-songwriter who doesn’t fit in; and “The Amulet,” a story set in ancient China about a girl who sets out on a quest to retrieve a magic amulet to save her dying father. Klingensmith, 39, was asked by Rubicon Publishing Inc., to illustrate the educational graphic novels designed to engage young readers after they spotted his portfolio online. “I got excited because these were comic books that are helping kids having a hard time reading, and that was me in about the third grade,” he said. Klingensmith, a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, lives in Fenwick with his wife and two daughters. Read more at http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/artist_helps_create_graphic_no.html.

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